By COLlive reporter
At the L’Chaim engagement party of Zevi Goldin and Chana Simon held last Thursday in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights there was an unusual guest.
The towering African-American male, dressed in a white shirt and suit, was warmly greeted by the families of both the bride and the groom, and other locals who were able to recognize him.
His name is Terry Spiersand he’s often seen visiting the local homes and offices dressed in the brown uniform of the UPS shipment and logistics company.
Upon seeing him enter the Lubavitcher Yeshiva social hall, the smiling, newly engaged couple came over to him and simply said, “Thank you.”
Terry Spiers was their shadchan. And he even knows what that word means.
As a delivery man and a friendly individual, he has become well-versed in the Chassidic Jewish life and culture from his visits to Lubavitch World Headquarters, Jewish Children’s Museum, Collel Chabad, Shluchim Office and the Jewish Learning Institute.
For the past 2 years, upon visiting the NCFJE office where Mrs. Regina Simon works, Spiers has been telling her that he knows a “great Jewish guy” that would be suitable for her daughter.
“He always tries to put people together,” Mrs. Simon told COLlive.com about Spiers, “but I never looked into it. He told me about this bochur called Zevi Goldin and that he’s a good boy. I didn’t take it seriously.”
It was only on one Shabbos afternoon, when Simon’s married daughter mentioned to her mother to inquire about Zevi Goldin for their Chana, that she took notice.
The mother’s reaction was, “Really?! There’s actually a person named Zevi Goldin?”
Mrs. Simon decided to mention it to Spiers the next time he comes around to the office. “Here is where hashgacha protis plays its part, since Spiers isn’t always the delivery person who comes, and there are times when there aren’t packages or pick-ups,” she notes.
Spiers did show up on Monday, and upon hearing the familiar name he’d been mentioning, he responded: “I’m stopping at the Goldins today too. What do you want me to do?”
They made up that he will get the email of the father, R’ Mordechai Goldin. The Goldins told him they know of the Simons and were interested. At that point, Shloimy Simon, the uncle of the kallah and a local shadchan, got involved.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Mrs. Simon told COLlive she learned that “in order to find a shidduch, you have to be open to hear and not disregard names that come your way – no matter their source. You never know how Hashem will arrange it.”